Pasquale Stirparo

Pasquale Stirparo has worked in the Digital Forensics (DFIR) & Threat Intelligence space for over 12 years, during this time he mastered a variety of roles and industries. He has worked both in the private sector, and at institutional level (for the EU), in Operational roles as well as in Research. He is currently working as Security and Privacy Incident Manager at Google Zurich, where he is responsible to coordinate response to major security and privacy incidents across all Alphabet, Google's parent company.

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Pasquale Stirparo has worked in the Digital Forensics (DFIR) & Threat Intelligence space for over 12 years, during this time he mastered a variety of roles and industries. He has worked both in the private sector, and at institutional level (for the EU), in Operational roles as well as in Research. He is currently working as Security and Privacy Incident Manager at Google Zurich, where he is responsible to coordinate response to major security and privacy incidents across all Alphabet, Google's parent company.

He has a Ph.D. in Information and Communication System Security from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, a M.Sc., and B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Polytechnic of Torino. He is also a research associate at the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs at Oxford University and he has attended the "State Sponsored Cyber Threat Actors" Summer Program of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.

“When I started my bachelor’s degree, I knew I wanted to learn more and work in the Computer industry, but I had no idea about Security. Then, in one of the first classes on "Technical Writing", one of the topics was Cryptography. I was so fascinated by it and its history, that I decided I wanted to work in security, but still had no idea about all its domains, especially the defense part”

His main initial driver towards the computer industry was curiosity. “I wanted to know more how those "magic boxes" worked, that's why I decided to study Computer Engineering, but back then I had literally no clue about cybersecurity yet, not at all”

Outside his official employment duties, he has interacted with different Intelligence related groups, which greatly enriched his knowledge in the field. He has been member of FS-ISAC EMEA Threat Intelligence Committee and he is a member of Advisory Group on Internet Security at Europol, and was an Incident Handler at SANS Internet Storm Center. He is also a member of the Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group of ENISA, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity.

Pasquale took his first SANS course back in 2008, and ever since he remained part of the SANS family. He started facilitating classes and attending and presenting at SANS events and he now teaches the FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence course. “There were two main aspects that always attracted me to SANS and its courses; the first was the instructors, they are well known and respected professionals who actually do work in the field daily. The second was the quality and the frequency of update of the course material.”

In his personal time, he loves reading, especially books on Economics, Geopolitics, History, Biographies and Personal Development. He also enjoys playing football, cooking, and playing his guitar.

Get to know Pasquale Stirparo:

  • Instructor for the FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence course
  • More than 12 years in the DFIR & Threat Intel space
  • He has worked both in the private sector, and at institutional level (for the EU), in Operational roles as well as in Research
  • He is currently the Security and Privacy Incident Manager at Google

Certifications:

GCTI – GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence
GCFA – GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst
GREM – GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware
OPST – OSSTMM Professional Security Tester
OWSE – OSSTMM Wireless Security Expert
ECCE – European Certificate on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence

Honors and Awards:

  • SANS Lethal Forensicator Coins
    •  Awarded for the contribution to the forensic community with the mac4n6 artifacts location project.
    • Winner, Prague 2015
    • 2nd place in the Digital Forensics & Incident Response NETWARS, Prague 2013
    • Advanced Smartphone Forensic Challenge, Prague 2014.
  • · Forensics 4cast Awards - Winner
    • o Winner in the category Digital Forensics Book of the Year for the book “Learning iOS Forensics”, which he co-authored in 2015.
  • Best Paper Award
    • o Satta, R.; Stirparo, P. "On the usage of Sensor Pattern Noise for Picture-to-Identity linking through social network accounts." In VISAPP 2014.

Technical Committees and Organizations

  • Contributed to the development of the original ISO Standard "ISO27037: "Guidelines for identification, collection, acquisition, and preservation of digital evidence", for which he coordinated the ISO27037 Working Group for the Italian National Body in 2010.

Publications

  • M. Epifani, P. Stirparo, “Learning iOS Forensics – 2nd edition”, Packt Publishing Ltd, 2016. [BOOK]
  • Mattia Epifani, Pasquale Stirparo, “Learning iOS Forensics”, Packt Publishing Ltd, 2015. [BOOK]